The Spirit Realm is the name of the world where "kung fu masters go in the afterlife." It is a plane of existence described as "an undefined world, an alternate reality where there is no concept of time and perspective is skewed."[1]

Oogway resides in this realm, as well as several other spirits.


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Po after defeating Kai in the Spirit Realm

The appearance of the Spirit Realm is indirectly related to the spirit energy of the strongest presence currently residing in it. In the beginning of Kung Fu Panda 3, Kai's battle with Oogway leaves the Spirit Realm destroyed, with hues of jade green being the primary color. In Chinese culture, the color green is associated with health, prosperity, and harmony, a direct polar opposite to the actions of the antagonist.

After Kai's defeat, the Spirit Realm takes on a solid golden tone, mimicking Po's arrival as the Dragon Warrior and subsequent victory over Kai. Gold symbolises brightness, purity, and fulfilment. Green and gold are the contrasting and main thematic colors of Kung Fu Panda 3, representing the Protagonist's Chi and the Antagonists Chi.



In Kung Fu Panda 3

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Oogway catches Kai's Blade

Oogway catching one of Kai's blades before they duel.

Long before the film, it is known that Kai was banished to the Spirit Realm "for all eternity" after taking chi from others. In the film, he has broken free from this realm and has returned to earth after defeating Oogway and taking his chi to add to the ones he had already stolen.[2]

To save his friends and family from having their chi stolen by Kai, Po jumped on Kai himself around the villain in a headlock and used the Wuxi Finger Hold on himself, as the technique only works on mortals, not a Spirit Warrior like Kai, sending them both into the Spirit Realm. They fight again, but Kai overpowers Po and prepares to steal his chi. Using what they learned from Po and about who they are, Li, Tigress, Mr. Ping and the pandas are able to use their chi to save him. Po, with the chi flow, suddenly generates a golden dragon-shaped avatar around him and destroys Kai by overloading him with his chi, freeing all of the Kung Fu masters in the process.

In an ethereal golden pond, Po met with Oogway, who remarked on how much the Dragon Warrior had grown, revealing that he was the one who sent the message to his father Li that Po was alive. Additionally, he revealed that the reason why he chose him as the Dragon Warrior was because he was reminded of his panda ancestors, and his embodiment of the yin-yang. Oogway passed Po a jade staff with the yin-yang symbol at its end, acknowledging the panda as his true successor, which Po used to return to the mortal realm.


  • The Spirit Realm was once called the Celestial Realm, in which it was envisioned with more star fields, galaxies and nebulae, but it was eventually changed due to the realm appearing "more sci-fi and less astronomic."[1]



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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Miller-Zarneke, Tracey. The Art of Kung Fu Panda 3, p. 149. ISBN: 9781608874941.
  2. Revealed in the second international trailer for Kung Fu Panda 3.

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